The HP Pavilion DV9812US is marketed by HP as an entertainment notebook. With an exceptional screen clarity and strong performance is it too good to be true? With this review I’m going to decide if it lives up to the hype and what sort of notebook user can expect to get the most out of it. I’ll start first by giving you the basics.
Display: 17″ LCD
Imaging: Integrated web cam
Processor: 64 2.0 GHz AMD Turion X2 TL-60 dual-core
RAM: 3 GB (with room for 4)
Storage: 250GB Hard Drive
Optical Drive: CD R/RW with integrated Dual layer DVD R +/- drive
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 7150M
Demensions: 15.16″ x 11.22″ x 1.65″
Additonal Equipment Included: Remote control, earphones
Right out of the box the first thing I notice are the strange wave designs on the exterior. I’m not a huge fan of these new laptop designs that the manufactures are slapping on their notebooks. This one isn’t as obtrusive but these designs tend to dull with normal usage. Once powering it on the 17″ WXGA BrightView screen looks amazing. HP’s aren’t typically known for their especially clear screens but this one is right on point. The resolution is higher than your typical notebook running at 1440×900. It has a solid video card and you notice it.
It does a great job watching movies or HD downloaded content. The 3GB of ram is adequate and I’ve had little trouble multitasking. I’ve had movies running in the background and flashy heavy pages in the foreground without this thing grinding to a halt. That also has a little to do with the nice 64 bit AMD that is powering this notebook. The HP Pavilion DV9812US does come with a remote control, but you should no its worthless unless you’re watching a movie. And only then you need to be watching it in certain programs. You won’t be able to use it for like youtube movies for example. It doesn’t really bother me because I don’t ever use these laptop remotes anyway, however if you’re using this as a mini-entertainment center it might bother you.
Games of medium intensity run fine on this notebook. Most games in fact run fine on this notebook, although it wouldn’t be the main reason I would purchase it.
Also it is bulky and heavy at about 8lbs. So this notebook isn’t going anywhere to frequently unless you want to bulk up those back muscles. So don’t expect to take this to all your classes. Well that’s it for the performance let’s get to the connection options the HP Pavilion DV9812US has.
4 2.0 USB 2.0 inputs (You can use these to connect your MP3 player, printer, digital camera or whatever)
1 FireWire port (you can transfer video from your digital camcorder using this)
1 S Video (use this to connect to the projector in the office)
2 audio out and 1 mic in
5 in1 card reader (use this to insert the memory from your digital cameras or other portable devices like SD cards and memory sticks.)
1 Ethernet Jack
1 VGA (use this to connect to a standard computer monitor)
1 Modem Jack
Integrated b/g wireless (standard WiFi fare)
I like that it has the 4 USB ports (opposed to the standard 3) and they’re placed in nice spots, nothing too intrusive (they’re not going to interfere with any external mouse usage). A true sign of a multimedia notebook is the 2 audio out jacks. You’ll probably want to use them because the speakers are subpar. Again that is especially if you’re using this notebook as an entertainment center.
I foresee those that the ones most happy with the HP Pavilion DV9812US notebook are those that wouldn’t mind having a desktop but need the desk space. Or maybe those that are in the office and need occasional mobility for work. Otherwise I would look for something a little lighter, which can easily be found without really reducing screen size too much. It has a lot of options that if you’re interested in mobility you can just do without. Also the battery life isn’t stellar on this notebook so don’t expect to hit the road too hard with it.